Loan Clients

We have loan clients around the province who run amazing businesses! We are proud to share these success stories from some of the women we’ve helped to start or grow their business with our business loans.

Lisa Will, Stonz, Vancouver

Lisa Will

“Stonz” is a Vancouver based company born out of necessity. When Lisa Will was looking for warm infant footwear for her young son, she couldn’t find any! This inspired her to create warm infant footwear that stayed on. Stonz now designs, makes and sells high quality outdoor kids gear including booties, mittz, hatz, rain boots […]

Liz Caruso, Soles of whistler, Whistler

Liz Caruso

A desire to be her own boss and control her work schedule motivated Liz Caruso to become an entrepreneur. She started Soles of Whistler, a fashion footwear store in Whistler, BC. Her store carries a wide range of footwear for women, workplace footwear, work shirts and pants for men as well as underwear for women […]

Lori Wotherspoon, KJM Country Gardens, Vancouver

Lori Wotherspoon

When Lori Wotherspoon decided to leave her nursing career, she wanted to follow her entrepreneurial dream. She saw her opportunity when she found that her favourite local nursery was about to close because of the owner’s retirement. After a discussion with her children, she decided to take the leap to entrepreneurship. Her son’s horticulture knowledge […]

Joanne Muirhead, JoJo’s Café, Osoyoos

Joanne Muirhead

With a degree in wildlife biology, Joanne Muirhead could have easily stayed in a secure job at a non-profit conservation group. Though she had always wanted to open a coffee shop, she was hesitant to take that first step. In July, 2010 she made the decision to pursue her dream and take the leap to […]

Madelyn Mulvaney, Luminous Elephant Art Studios, Vancouver

Madelyn Mulvaney

Julia Church, Nettle’s Tale Swimwear, Vancouver

Julia Church

Julia Church’s entrepreneurial idea dawned on her when she designed a swimsuit for herself. When her roommate tried her design and loved it, Church started exploring the idea of launching a swimwear business . She launched Nettle’s Tale Swimwear with a crowd funding campaign in spring of 2014.Her original goal of $10,000 was surpassed seven-fold […]

Jennifer Hood, Jump Gymnastics, Vancouver

Jennifer Hood

Jennifer Hood had always dreamt of a program that gave children the basic building blocks of physical movement, no matter what sport they chose and no matter whether their goal was recreation or excellence. Inspired by her vision and her 3 young children, she opened Jump Gymnastics in Yaletown in 2008. Since its opening it […]

JoAnn Fowler, Sappho Organics, Vancouver

JoAnn Fowler

As a professional makeup artist for twenty years, JoAnn Fowler had the inside scoop on chemicals and other ingredients used in cosmetics. Unhappy with the available products, she wanted to offer a safe and organic make up line to her clients. With intensive research and hard work she created Sappho Organics, a brand of natural, […]

Crystal Lowe, Hyde Restaurant, Vancouver

Crystal Lowe

Hyde Restaurant in the Main and 14th neighborhood of Vancouver is a former bagel shop transformed into a friendly, hip watering hole that stays close to its community. Hyde owner, Crystal Lowe, had dreamed of opening a restaurant for five years. For the first three and a half months in business, Lowe kept the bagel […]

Cupcake Girls Share Stories of their Sweet Success

Cupcake Girls

Sunshine yellow and fiery red. In an article about Heather White and Lori Joyce, aka The Cupcake Girls, you might assume these to be icing colours on their premier cupcake offerings. But you would be wrong. Each were assigned these colours in a personality profile – a test that business owners Heather and Lori urged […]